Education Ministry’s GECEP programme concludes after 3 years

first_img…sees major improvements in hinterland schools The Education Ministry formally announced the conclusion of the Guyana Early Childhood Education Project (GECEP) on Wednesday, which was completed after three years of work in riverine and hinterland regions.Among those in attendance were First Lady Sandra Granger; Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson; World Bank representative, Hongyu Yang; Global Partnership for Education representative, Daisuke Kanazawa, students and educators.Over 8000 persons were involved in the training and interaction between teachers, parents and students at the nursery and Grade One levels to develop the techniques in which education is being delivered.The project was funded with US$1.7 million and the sessions focused primarily in literacy and numeracy interventions which saw significant improvements.Project Coordinator, Quenita Waldrond-Lewis gave insight into the developments that were observed which recorded a 91 percentage change in literacy and a 95 percentage change for numeracy in the hinterland schools between the period of September 2015 to June 2017.Meanwhile, from September 2016 to June 2018, records show a positive change of 139 per cent in literacy and 133 per cent change in numeracy.These numbers show improvements in the students’ ability to successfully complete tasks that are essential at their academic level.On the other hand, educators across these areas were taught to change the methods which are used to share information and conduct classroom demonstrations.“We did not pull them away from their Indigenous teaching environments because we wanted the training to be tailor-made for their individual circumstances and the nuances of their educational spaces like we took the training to them at their sub-regional level,” said Waldrond-Lewis. Remarks were shared by Education Minister Nicolette Henry who noted that the supplies which can be used to modify the standard teaching techniques were the main tools used throughout the training and there are plans to supply these to the coastal region.“Positive actions have solidified their place for national scale up. I would want to speak of early childhood resource tool kits which have been purchased and will be delivered in the coming weeks to all nursery schools in the coastland regions.”Monitoring of these classrooms was ongoing for the last 36 months and are expected to continue so as to see how schools are performing and the ways in which classroom skills are evolving.The representative for Global Partnership for Education has informed that US$1.3 million is in the pipeline for another such initiative which is expected to further develop the education sector.last_img read more

Former wards graduate from housing program

first_imgWHITTIER – Accepting gifts was always hard for Katrisse Lewis. Gifts like candy and flowers seemed like consolation prizes to her. What she didn’t have, but craved, was close, trusting relationships. “I was used to people leaving me. All my life I’ve been left,” Lewis, a 20-year-old Whittier resident, said. About two years ago, she was accepted to United Friends of Children’s Pathways program for emancipated foster children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe transitional housing program provides participants independent living skills, career planning and development, counseling and mentoring, emergency assistance and educational support. The program operates three transitional-living apartment buildings in Whittier that provide 58 beds for emancipated foster children. On Thursday, the Pathways program held a ceremony for Lewis and 13 other graduates of the 18-month program at the program’s largest apartment building in unincorporated South Whittier. The participants were awarded for holding full-time jobs and paying their own rent on time. “Some have never had family pictures taken of them. Some have never boiled water – in some group homes they can’t even use knives because they’re on probation,” said Charissa Abbay, UFC’s director of development. The program gives participants life-skills training, and acts much like parents would when their children are leaving home for the first time. At the graduation ceremony, they gave out gift cards to a furniture store and blankets with the graduates’ names sewn into them. This training has given Lewis more than cooking skills and career counseling. She said she is now able to trust people – something she couldn’t do before coming to the program. Lewis said that, during the two-hour graduation ceremony Thursday, memories of her first encounter with the program ran through her mind. Before she was accepted to the Pathways program, Lewis attended an orientation. At the end of the orientation, staff members handed out bags of candy to participants and Lewis refused to accept one, she said. “I didn’t take it because I poured out my heart to them to let me be in the program, and I was worried they would say `You’re not in the program, but here’s some candy,”‘ Lewis said. Her childhood was marked by abuse and neglect, and Lewis never felt truly cared for by her parents, who had drug addictions. “A lot of times we didn’t have any food in the house, and I would be left by myself with nothing to eat,” she said. She had a fight with her brother when she was 15 years old and was placed on probation. After that, she moved into a group home, but went back and forth between the home and family in Claremont and Covina for several years. Her probation officer told her about the Pathways program, and she applied. Now, she says it was the best thing that could have happened to her. They supported her dream of becoming a massage therapist, and now she works at Burke Williams Spa in Pasadena. “I’m able to trust somebody and know how to have healthy relationships now,” she said. Pathways staff rewarded Lewis and other graduates on Thursday with awards for growth in the areas of leadership, career and paying rent on time. Lewis was given the Personal Achievement award, for greatest growth in all areas. “When I first met her, I was taken aback by how tense she looked in her face,” said Pathways Director VaLecia Adams. “She’s grown in so many ways.” Graduates laughed when staff recalled memories of participants’ early days in the program. Some wiped away tears when staff reminded them how they’ve grown, despite difficult odds. Advocacy Counselor Nella Marov talked about graduate Deven Wood’s transformation in the program. “At first, he was very quiet and stayed to himself, and I’m sure he thought he and I had nothing in common. But, we developed a special bond. Now, he’s a confident, outspoken man.” Though they have graduated the program, staff said they are still considered family. “Whether you still live here or not, it doesn’t affect how connected we are,” said Adams. “We still have your back.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Raptors react with proper stoicism after taking advantage of depleted Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND – What’s it like beating the two-time defending champion Warriors on their home court to lead the NBA Finals?No champagne corks littered the Toronto Raptors’ locker room. No cocky comments ensued. No blatant signs of euphoria existed after their 123-109 upset in Wednesday night’s Game 3.A pregame message on the Raptors’ whiteboard – “Let it rip” – that inspired a breakout performance from Kyle Lowry had even been erased.The only hint of title-bound confidence came from the mouth of …last_img

“Geocaching for the Blind” A Lost & Found Video

first_imgMike May develops GPS devices for blind and visually impaired users. To help users learn the devices’ cutting-edge technology and explore the world around them, he champions a form of geocaching. Watch this video and go along as Mike May and friends develop a treasure hunting course using adaptive GPS technology.For information on GPS devices for the blind and visually impaired explore http://accessibleGPS.comYou can explore more videos that capture the adventure of geocaching.  Check out  the Lost & Found video gallery.  Explore 4×4 geocaching, watch a Travel Bug® go around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Creative Geocaches” A Lost & Found VideoDecember 14, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories””Desert Geocaching” A Lost & Found VideoNovember 16, 2010In “Community””Newbie Geocaching 101” A Lost & Found VideoDecember 7, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 23, 2011

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 28, 2012March 29, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”5 Sharable Tips for Logging Your Next GeocacheMay 20, 2013In “Geocaching Quizzes”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” Cache Maintenance as a CommunityWithin the geocaching community, the responsibilities of a courteous geocacher include respecting fellow geocachers, taking care of the environment and maintaining your caches, among other things. And you can be an extra courteous geocacher by helping to maintain others’ caches! The next time you go geocaching, bring additional supplies such as an extra geocache container, SWAG, logbooks and pencils. This way, you will be prepared to help out another geocacher by fixing a cache that needs maintenance on the spot.If you go geocaching on the spur of the moment and don’t have supplies to fix up a cache that needs maintenance, please make sure to visit and report a ‘Needs Maintenance‘ log on the cache page.If you are a geocache owner, we recommend following these simple steps for cache maintenance:1. Place a cache that is durable and requires little or no upkeep2. Periodically check on your cache both in person and via the cache page to see if there are any issues3. If you see a ‘Needs Maintenance’ log on the cache page, fix the cache and post an ‘Owner Maintenance‘ logThanks for playing your part as a supportive community member to keep geocaches well-maintained!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

NAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They Announced

first_imgAputure RGB Lightbulb — Currently Dubbed The A9This new product is an RGB-capable light bulb that packs a bunch of features into a small package.You can charge and use this light bulb simultaneously by screwing it into a standard light socket, and you can remove and use it without any external power for an extremely long run-time.The bulb is also Bluetooth compatible (more on that later), and has a CRI of 95+.This product will be available in 2019.The AL-MC — An RGB Light That Packs A Punch (And Some Other Fun Tricks)The AL-MC is a light with a similar output to the already-popular AL-MX, yet it is fully RGB capable (and also Bluetooth compatible — we promise:  more on that later).This light is the exact size of an AL-M9 (Aputure’s beloved tiny-but-bright battery-powered light). The light is also wirelessly chargeable.Aputure also announced a wireless Pelican-style charging briefcase for this light. You can carry 12 AL-MCs in this case, keep them constantly charged, and pull them out as you need them. No wires needed.There you go, a 12-light, portable lighting kit that is always fully charged and fully RGB capable.The Sidus App — An App That Can Control Every Light on SetNow for the finale: the Sidus app.This app is a single tool that controls every light on your film set (provided they’re Aputure lights).It’s pretty cool that all these new Aputure lights are RGB capable, right? What If I told you that you could control all of them independently, with each using their own specifics effects (fireworks, fire, paparazzi, pulse, party mode, etc.), then label them, save scenes, save your own presets, recall those presets, and even use a color picker to get the exact color you want with the camera on your phone?I know that’s a lot, but it’s a thing now.All of these new Aputure lights are Bluetooth compatible — but not just any old kind of Bluetooth. They use a special new technology called Bluetooth mesh networking, which means that the lights will talk to each other, and your phone can talk to the lights as a group. So you’re not limited to standard Bluetooth ranges, and you don’t need an internet connection to make them work. Your lights share the input from your phone amongst themselves.This means you can program elaborate chase sequences, elaborate effects, and endless colors — and have them all independently operating, or even operating as a group. I’m sure this gets your imagination going. I’m already thinking about the world’s easiest poor man’s process car lighting.The Sidus app includes an automatic white balance calibration feature; the light will send information to your phone to gauge the appropriate white balance. It includes presets for an entire suite of Rosco gel colors, so you can pull up your favorite colors — from your average CTB to a 1/4 Straw.There’s also a whole bevy of effects to dial in the perfect look for your scene. There’s even a store setup in the app to snag an effect that you might not have. At the event, Aputure’s Ted Sim loaded up multiple effects, from flashing police lights to pulsing party modes, all wirelessly from the app (and on multiple fixtures around the room).The app also features a really responsive color picker that allows you to snag a color using an eyedropper from your phone’s camera. At the event, they snagged a light pink color from a bowl of ice cream and purple from someone’s hair. Really cool stuff.What About All of Their Older Lights?If you’ve just purchased a bunch of Aputure lights, and you’d like to use these new control features, Aputure has you covered.In Summer 2019, around the time of the app’s launch, Aputure will release hardware converter units that will allow your phone to communicate with every light they’ve released. While they won’t all have the same RGB capabilities as the newer lights, the app will be able to assess the capabilities of each light and customize the control screen on the app itself. So, for these lights, you might be able to control intensity or color temperature, or simply turn them on and off, depending on the capabilities of your particular light.So, if you’ve lost the remote to your 120d, don’t worry — help is on the way.Aputure has such a great track record of providing high-quality professional tools at affordable prices. With this new batch of announcements, they have positioned themselves as the leading name in super-accessible and professional lighting technology. We’re really excited to see where all of this goes, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the app.Looking for more NAB 2019 coverage? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF ExtenderNAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND FilterNAB 2019: LaCie Drops Their New 8TB Rugged RAID Shuttle DriveNAB 2019: Aputure’s New Gear — The 300d II, LEKO Attachment, and MoreNAB 2019: LiteMat Spectrum Shakes up the Light Panel Game Aputure is known to shake up the lighting game on a regular basis. Last night, they announced a few things that are definitely worth your attention.So far at NAB 2019, Aputure has already unveiled a few new products. They have a new lantern system for quick soft lighting, a spotlight attachment (similar to a Leko or source four), and they’ve also announced a 300d Mark II.Last night, at their secret dinner event, they announced a whole lot more. We heard about about all of it firsthand — and we took notes . . .last_img read more

London Olympics: Abhinav Bindra gets ‘mad’ with training

first_imgFor Abhinav Bindra, training is not about studying the strategies of his rival shooters but about challenging himself to improve each time he is at the range. “If you can shoot perfectly when no one is around, if you can challenge yourself to the limit and succeed, there is nothing that can hold you back,” he explains.Bindra’s preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics startled most psychologists. He once bought yak’s milk from China, believing it could enhance concentration, which it did not.He spent 20 days experimenting with a single pair of shooting shoes before concluding that the sole on one needed to be 1mm thicker. He seeks perfection.To prepare himself mentally for the London Games, he went skydiving a couple of weeks ago from approximately 20,000 feet. He slept amidst red ants a year ago, just to see how long he could hold on. “He is getting mad again,” says his coach Heinz Reinkemeier. ‘Mad’ refers to Bindra’s obsessive nature.Reinkemeier was to join Bindra in London but could not as he is chief coach of the Dutch shooting team. “Abhi is getting into the groove again. After winning gold in Beijing, he perhaps lost his way a bit. But the focus is back now. He is back doing the weird things,” he says.It is not surprising when you consider the tiny margin for error. One bad shot and four years of preparation will amount to nothing.”When you are shooting, you are too focused on your job,” says Bindra. “At the end of the day, you have to see that your best is better than that of others.”advertisementIs he satisfied with his preparation for the Olympics? “Well, one is always striving to do better,” he says. “I was world champion and Olympic champion, but I always try to better my own performance.I don’t like to think about what’s going to happen. Maybe that’s how others prepare. When I go to sleep, I need to be happy with the effort I have put in. I am sleeping peacefully. I am happy.”last_img read more

Critics Killed Boston Olympics Bid

first_imgBOSTON — On Boston’s last day as a potential Olympic host, Chris Dempsey ate lunch at an Irish pub across from City Hall and waited for the bid for the 2024 Summer Games to crumble.A waitress recognized Dempsey, the co-chair of the opposition group No Boston Olympics, from last week’s televised debate. A customer walked by and applauded, but his attempt at a high five was rebuffed.“We’ll see,” Dempsey said.It was about two hours after Mayor Marty Walsh refused to cover Olympic cost overruns, dooming the bid, and two hours before the USOC withdrew its support.Dempsey explained his hesitation in a truly Bostonian way: referring to the stolen base that helped propel the Red Sox to the 2004 World Series, he said, “I want to make sure there’s no Dave Roberts-style comeback.”Later July 27, the USOC announced that it was, indeed, backing away from Boston in what was described as a mutual agreement to give the United States hope of hosting its first Summer Games since 1996. Officials said they would explore other cities, with the most likely being Los Angeles.Dempsey said he hoped the experience in Boston would change the way the USOC and the IOC do business. Otherwise, he said, “It’s hard to imagine smart cities and countries getting involved.”Formed in a Beacon Hill living room in November 2013, when the prospect of bringing the Summer Games to the Athens of America was only slightly more realistic than it is now, No Boston Olympics grew into the most visible and sensible opposition to the plan to host the 2024 games.Tapping into the city’s notorious negativity but also seizing on a growing resentment over the way international sports are run, the group led the campaign to scuttle what it saw as an attempt by Boston’s power brokers to determine what’s best for the city without any input from the people the plans would affect.“This never was a bid that boiled up from the bottom. It was always a top-down effort,” Dempsey said in a previously scheduled interview with The Associated Press that happened to fall in the middle of the bid’s collapse.“Boston is a thriving democracy, and a marketplace of ideas. People reacted negatively to the idea that this was sprung on them.”The USOC chose Boston as the potential American host city in a secretive process in January over San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.But the bid was in trouble from the start.Poll numbers showed a consistent majority of Boston residents opposed hosting the games. Few believed the local businessmen leading the bid could deliver without billions in taxpayer subsidies.Many feared another expensive and disruptive project like the Big Dig. The unrelated indictment of seven top international soccer officials was seen as evidence that international sports authorities can’t be trusted.Four different men took turns as the face of Boston 2024, the privately run and financed bid committee, but No Boston Olympics hammered away at the same points: that planning for the games would distract the city from more important needs, and that a lack of transparency undermined any promises that might otherwise be welcomed.Every Boston 2024 announcement was followed by a No Boston Olympics statement, usually pointing out gaps in the financial projections, or simply noting that the plan still required the three most expensive venues to be built from scratch.Led by Dempsey and co-chairs Liam Kerr and Kelley Gossett, No Boston Olympics established a presence on social media but also excelled at old-style mobilization, bringing their supporters to public meetings while holding town halls of their own to get their message out.That message: hosting the Olympics is a bad way to grow a city.“The process is set up to lead to poor outcomes for host cities,” Dempsey said as Gossett checked her phone for final word on the bid. “There are too many places where the needs of the IOC are opposed to the needs of the taxpayer back home.”Though the Mayor denigrated the opposition as “10 people on Twitter” on Monday, No Boston Olympics accumulated about 3,700 Twitter followers and 4,500 likes on Facebook by the end.The group also forced old-fashioned debates and worked the traditional media despite a budget of about $10,000.Average donations to the non-profit were about $100 from an undisclosed list of contributors that Dempsey said were in the hundreds.That was still more donors than the official bid group, which received an average contribution of $74,000, he said, and outspent the opposition by a 1,000-to-1 ratio.“They can make a video of David Ortiz, and it looks great,” Dempsey said, referring to the belated attempt to enlist local sports stars in support of the bid.In response, No Boston Olympics spent $100 to print out a giant novelty check made out to the IOC, with the amount blank and the signature reading “Taxpayers.”With the end of the 2024 bid, Dempsey said No Boston Olympics “will go away.” A Harvard Business School graduate and Bain consultant who worked with Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Dempsey said he had no plans to run for office.But he said that the group’s three leaders hope to turn the public energy generated by the debate into something else.“Our organization was focused on opposing Boston 2024,” he said at a news conference before heading to a local bar for a celebration. “At the same time, there has been a lot of energy from Olympic opponents that should be turned into something positive. So we will have to figure out how to do that.”___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer. AP Writer Bob Salsberg contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more